Good Communication in Engineering: What Does it Mean?

Good Communication in Engineering: What Does it Mean?

Through this webinar, discover how to design effective communication experiences in engineering education and learn strategies to develop assignments for teaching and assessing writing in your engineering courses.

Type: Webinar

Delivery Method: On Demand

Level: Foundational

Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times

On Demand


ASEE Members: Free
Non-members: Free

The workshop titled “Good Communication in Engineering: What Does it Mean?” aims to explore the development of effective communication experiences within engineering education. Communication plays a pivotal role in the success of engineering, and as engineering educators, we are poised to help students improve their communication skills. To improve the quality and positive impact of engineering in society, we need to re-imagine the role of communication in an engineer’s identity. In this workshop, we will share how we at Montana State University (MSU), have worked to merge the identities of writer and engineer for our students to emphasize the importance of communication in the profession. Focusing on written communication, we will share the work of our Engineering Faculty Writing Fellows and Writing Center Peer Tutor Research Fellows, a partnership between the RED faculty and the MSU’s Writing Center, in their efforts to examine “what is good communication in engineering”? We will facilitate a discussion with workshop participants in their own exploration of what defines good communication in their discipline. 

MSU will share the resources they have developed to enhance writing experiences for students in their environmental engineering curriculum. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in group activities and discussions. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed their understanding of what good communication in engineering means to them. They will gain insight into designing assignments for teaching writing in engineering courses, as well as learn tools and strategies for assessing writing.

Speakers for this webinar, all affiliated with Montana State University, are Ellen Lauchnor, Adrienne Phillips, Catherine Kirkland, Michelle Miley, and Katey Plymesser.

This webinar is part of a larger series on building community and reflecting to re-envision in engineering education. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EEC-1733004.

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